The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in.
The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.
Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. more >>
A miniseries soon to be aired on HBO and Sky Atlantic titled "The Young Pope" will feature a pontiff that one prominent review described as "borderline anti-Christ."
The 10-episode series stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, who becomes Pope Pius XIII, the first-ever American head of the 1 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.
The Hollywood Reporter described Law's papal character as "borderline anti-Christ" and "arrogant, whimsical and hilariously destructive." more >>
European Council President Donald Tusk has warned that Europe is close to its limits when it comes to the ongoing refugee crisis, with new waves of migrants fleeing war and terrorism in Iraq and Syria continuing to come onto the continent.
"The practical capability of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, is close to limits," Tusk said at the end of the G20 summit in China, AFP reported.
He added that there are close to 65 million displaced people around the world, and urged economic leaders as part of the G20 summit to take responsibility and help those who are most in need. more >>
Expect the spectators at the London Stadium to go wild when star player Dimitri Payet returns to play for West Ham in the Premier League come Saturday.
Payet learned that he had gained back his full 90-minutes playing time after the Hammers won against the Hornets. He was not seen playing during this season because of an injury he acquired from their game with Chelsea.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says that Payet's comeback will boost their lineup's morale. He is aware of Payet's positive effect on the whole team and recognizes how it plays better when he's around. more >>
The Church of England is condemning a group of gay clerics who are seeking to out gay bishops and other clergy in the Church, arguing that the accusations could spark a witch hunt against priests.
The Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the gay pressure group Changing Attitude, said that a number of bishops within the CofE are gay.
"There are at least 10 other bishops in the Church who are gay, many of whom are in some kind of relationship," Coward told the Sunday Times. more >>
German police have warned that there is a rising threat of children being brainwashed by Islamic jihadist factions to carry out acts of terror, and urged lawmakers to find a way to stop it.
Wolfgang Trusheim, head of the Frankfurt state police, pointed to the finding of radical Salafist schools that take in young Muslim boys and train them on the path to terrorism, the German publication Die Welt reported.
The terror threat in Germany has been growing over the past year, after 1.1 million migrants entered the country in 2015, many of them seeking protection from the ongoing war with the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria. more >>